Sioux Falls, SD asked in Contracts, Personal Injury, Real Estate Law and Civil Rights for South Dakota

Q: We live in a 3 bed 3 bath apartment in vermillion SD. Another roommate and I have ESAS(2catts). No pets allowed complex

Landlords can't charge for ESA. In the contract it states if there's damages at the end of the year we pay for pee test(black light), carpet cleaning, and ventilation system cleaning. It's a really expensive bill. Our landlords are a wife and husband. They're shady and suspicious people. We recently had to sublease a room. the new girl who has the other esa took over. The roommate who moved out of the now empty room. she brought her dog over for the weekend. The landlord never told Hannah she might want them to clean to avoid fees at the end of year for pee. My roommate and I feel like we're going to be cheated at the end of the year when there's no pee/hair in filter. They do a black light test and did one this time. There was a few spots where the dog was sleeping but no actual test to see if it was pee or another bodily fluid maybe from her bf, liquor, or puke. The new roommate knows family who do air filter/HVAC and will come in bc we trust them. How can we avoid false $ charges?

1 Lawyer Answer
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: A South Dakota attorney should advise, but your question remains open for four weeks. You could try reposting and adding Landlord-Tenant as a category. There's no guarantee that all questions are ultimately picked up, but you might have better chances of a reply in that category. You could also use the Find-a-Lawyer tab above to reach out to L-T attorneys in your area, or you could run your own independent searches online. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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